Overview (No Spoilers):
Harry Potter was a staple of my generation as young Harry and I were approximately the same age when this series took the world by storm. As the series matured, I felt as though I’d grown up along side the characters as our ages matched up with every subsequent book release. As it has been quite a long time since I’d revisited this series, excluding the Cursed Child, I was eager to see how I would connect to the story and characters twenty years later. Right away, I found myself drawn back into Harry’s wild adventure, surprised at all of the details I’d forgotten, from Hagrid’s dragon to the centaurs. Reminiscent of visiting a familiar childhood haunt you haven’t seen in years, stepping back into Hogwarts after such a long absence was just as delightful, conjuring up lots of fond memories. Rowling does a beautiful job capturing the literal and figurative magical aura, while establishing the depth of history surrounding this fascinating school of magic. I’m looking forward to continuing my rediscovery of the Harry Potter series, particularly the various predicaments he and his friend continually find themselves in. As a whole, Rowling has created a truly unique literary realm that fascinates the imaginations of the reader, regardless of their age.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- It was interesting to find the various Easter eggs left by Rowling in the Sorcerer’s Stone with regard to the remainder of the series such as the Put-Outer.
- What were the shooting stars reported by the Muggles on the news to celebrate Voldermort’s demise by baby Potter? Where the owls due to the wizards sending messages back and forth regarding the big event? Within the context of these past two questions, I really enjoyed a Muggle’s perspective of wizarding events. I can’t remember if the other books capture any events from this perspective but I find it worth pondering what other strange instances might slip through the wizarding cracks into the Muggle news.
- I’d forgotten that Harry’s crew wasn’t always set in stone, such as Hermoine’s initial know it all attitude, or Neville and his toad’s clumsy first impression. Draco was just as dislikable right from the outset though.
- What does Dumbledore see in the Mirror of Erised?
- I totally missed the connection that Dumbledore defeats Grindelwald. I suppose that ruins the ending of the Fantastic Beasts franchise. I do wonder how the story plays out!
- Was Harry’s dream of Quirrell’s turban talking to him actually Voldermort communicating with him or was it prophetic? If I remember correctly, later on in the series Voldermort is unaware he has a connection with Harry.
- How does Professor Binn grade papers?
- At the end of The Sorcerer’s Stone, it is mentioned that the students climbed into the boats to go back to the train. Isn’t that just a first year ritual prior to the sorting ceremony? Wouldn’t the school have just taken the carriages from Hogwarts to the train?
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